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Causes: Business & Industry, Economic Development, International, International Cultural Exchange, International Exchange, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Big Apple Greeter's mission is to enhance New York City's worldwide image and enrich the New York experience by connecting visitors with knowledgable and enthusiastic volunteers. The mission was created to accomplish the following goals: to promote New York City as friendly, inviting, and manageable; to bolster tourism and foster economic development; and to create opportunities for New Yorkers to show pride in their city and give back to their city.

Target demographics: International tourists seeking to explore New York City through the eyes of locals.

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: Support Big Apple Greeter www.savebigapplegreeter.com

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful way to experience New York. Dedicated volunteers make the city understandable and accessible.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

soy turista ,vivo en argentia y los servicios que brindan en NY son excelentes .
los guias son personas maravillos y muy atentos.
en resumen todo 10PUNTOS ,MUY SOBRESALIENTE.
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Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are a family of 5 from Australia. We arranged our B.A.G and were not disappointed. He was on time at 9.30am and did not leave us until 4.00pm. He showed us around the Financial District, gave up tips on the best use of the metrocard for the subway, took us into buildings that you would not otherwise have bothered to go into. Had a great lunch at the South Street Seaport and we arranged tickets for Broadway at the TKTS booth at the Seaport. Very knowledgeable about NYC and it was fantastic to meet someone who lives and worked in NYC. Would highly recommend this organization to family, friends and acquaintances.

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Belinda P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We spent 5 days in New York in mid January and had the absolute privilege of meeting up with one of your greeters. The experience was exactly what I had hoped for and more!
Great to see the city and surrounds from a local's perspective and to get an 'insider's view' on places and events in New York.
Our greeter also spent way more time with us than is expected which was fantastic.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We took advantage of this wonderful service about five years ago for the first visit for most of the four sisters who sent a week in The Big Apple, We selected a tour of Brooklyn. Our Greeter, Warren Lewis, provided us each with a one day subway pass and introduced us to subway travel. We took the R & W tio Government Center on the eastern side of the upper-class neighborhood of Brooklyn Heightsd. There were everal play yards scattered throughout the are. We passed Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, walked the loength of Montague Street, the main drag, and admired the architecture of the buildings. We stopped at St. Timothy Episcopal Church. We walked through Sahade, a Turkish market. I could go on and on about how comprehensive this tour was. There are too many points of interest to mention. We ended our tour with a very nice lunch and bid farewell to our guide who left us at the Brooklyn Bridge which might have been the highlight of this wonderful tour. We walked the full length and by the time we got to the end were ready for a subway ride and return to our hotel. Thanks to Warren for his generosity in sharing his personal time and knowledge of the area we selected to tour.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Saw Big Apple Greeters mentioned on a TV Travel Show here in the U.K. years ago. The idea stuck. When we planned our trip to New York we decided that we would love to learn more about the city from a 'Greeter'.
We were not disappointed. Met Arnold on our first full day in the city and he made our stay. He was charming, knowledgeable and full of energy. He showed us parts of the city and city life that we would never have experienced. No question from us was too daft and we still talk about what we learnt from him.
Our daughter is lalnning her first visit for later this year and we would love her to have the chance to discover New York with Arnold.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I retired I was taken on a trip to New York. My wife and myself were a little worried about how safe NY was.
We met a Big Apple Greeter on our 2nd day. He was very helpful and friendly. He showed us how to use the subway, showed us what areas to be careful in and where not to go. He showed us sites we would never have found on our own.
I can not recommend this Organisation enough, we enjoyed our time in NY so much we have been back four more times.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow - the friendliest most helpful set of people we have ever known. In 2002 we were creating a timeline book on New York history and researching the city. These guys explained so much and opened our eyes to so many aspects that we had not appreciated. Moreover they took us safely and expertly into areas in which we might have felt nervous without their incredible knowledge and guidance.We learned so much and through our publication we hope that we opened the eyes of the public at large – all around the world – to the amazing variety and magic of this special place and the multiple facets of New York. Thank you!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had a lovely lady called Helene who took us around Central Park, along 5th Avenue and we walked down to Battery Park to end the day. Helene was so informative and took us on a bus and the subway so we had an idea what to do which was great advice!
It was wonderful to be with a genuine New Yorker and we had an excellent first day in NYC.
I have mentioned Big Apple Greeters to all my friends who have visited NYC and it is a great service you provide.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful greeter called Brad Smith who took us to Brooklyn Heights he was very knowledgeble and so easy going. He showed us how to get our subway paasses which everyone needs as this is the way to travel in NY. It was snowing on that morning byt Brad turned up as agreed with all his gear on. We had a wonderful experience and I would recommend using this service and I would definately use use it again whe i next visit.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend and I visiting New York - me for the first time - in October 2008 and on our first day we were met by Richard our Big Apple Greeter. What a great start to the wonderful city he was - he knew everything about the history of New York and no question we asked went unanswered. It was the best introduction we could have had because we set out the next day with a great overview and knowing exactly what we wanted to see and investigate further. Thank you, Big Apple Greeter - long may you provide your unsurpassable welcome to NY. xxx

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The four of us met up with our BAG at 9am in the hotel lobby and had an absolutely fantastic day with him. He showed us how to use the subway system and took us to some great places of interest all over the city. We would never have done half of this without our Greeter. He made our trip to New York most memorable and if anyone asks us what was the best part of our trip we always say, without hesitation, 'The Big Apple Greeter'!!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our Guide gave a personal service meeting us in the foyer of our hotel with subway tickets he had already purchased, asking us what we wanted to see and then guiding us through downtown New York, He even took us to lunch in a cafe that matched our surname - The Essex World Cafe. We had a thoroughly enjoyable tour, with a guide who gave his personal experiences of a great city, all for free, an excellent experience I would recommend to anyone.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our big apple greeter met us at our hotel room & had organised a great day trip for us! He showed us how to use the subway, it was great walking around with a local on our first day - it helped us get the pace of walking through the city and also get the hang of crossing the road :)
We walked through a large part of the city -times square, Greenwich village, city hall, Chelsea, across the Brooklyn bridge and through Brooklyn. It was also wonderful to get advice from someone unbiased on where to get the best New York pizza - Rays pizza in Soho so worth the walk even through icy rain!!!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our greeter showed us how to use the subway as well as how to get around above ground. He helped lay out Manhattan that set the pace for the remainder of our wonderful visit. Thank you Big Apple Greeter!

Review from Guidestar

Kylie C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

New York was the first stop on my trip to the US a few years back and the Big Apple Greeter experience is a favourite memory of my two months travelling through America. I can't speak highly enough of this excellent initiative! A friend who lives just out of New York joined me and my greeter as we were picked up in Manhattan and toured through Brooklyn. The experience was so fantastic for him also that he tells me it's become a new favourite place for him to return to when in New York.

The benefit of my greeters local knowledge and the personal nature of the tour makes you feel so welcomed as a tourist in such a massive city. I felt like a freind was showing me around their neighbourhoud and that I was welcomed - it holds a special place in my heart. Since returning home to Australia I have encourged all my friends who have travelled to NYC to book in for their own Big Apple Greeter experience - those that did have not regretted it. It made my time in New York not only more enjoyable but easier as I learnt tips on how to get around, and some pointers on places to see and things to do.

Thank you so much Big Apple Greeters - you rock!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

We are from Australia and were on our first trip to New York. We read about the Big Apple Greeter in a review in a Melbourne newspaper and decided it would be a good idea. We registered and were allocated a Greeter by the name of Al. He met us at our hotel and proceeded to take us on an excellent walking tour of NYC. What a fabulous experience. We were shown things we would never have seen and enjoyed a lunch in Chinatown. We had a quick trip on the subway but most of it was walking. Sights included the New York Public Library which was fantastic, Grand Central Station, Central Park, Ground Zero, Chinatown, Little Italy and a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. Our guide was absolutely fascinating and his knowledge of New York was bottomless. We would do it again in a flash. Thanks to Big Apple Greeters and of course Al, for a fabulous, informative and really interesting walking trip through New York.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

it was our first trip to NY from Australia and we were absolutely delighted to be met at our hotel by Irene and taken to parts of the city we would never had the confidence to visit. We were taken to parts of Manhatten and shown the best bagel bakeries, lunch by the Hudson River and trips on the underground and buses. It opened our eyes to the friendliness of New Yorkers and we always felt safe and welcomed as visitors. We would love to return one day.

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Pat O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For a city with a reputation of people who are not too obliging it was a pleasure to be greeted by a Big Apple New York greeter who was so friendly and helpfuland refused any suggestion of a tip! Full marks!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Charles Schwartz was our guide to all things New York. Charles is a volunteer with Big Apple Greeter. This organization opens the city to the world with volunteers giving guided tours to the burrough and/or place of your choice. You are matched based on your preference of sites with someone who has personal knowledge of the area. We requested a tour of the Lower East Side and Charles took us beyond the basic sight seeing experience. We entered into a time warp, through tours of buildings that had not changed for over a 100 years! He was a wealth of information as his grandfather had come to America, landed in NYC and lived in the Lower East Side. Both myself and my travelling companion found our experience with Big Apple Greeter to be the highlight of our trip. We took home the experience of feeling we had witnessed history first hand.

Review from Guidestar